Navy E-Learning Migrates to Navy Knowledge Online


Story Number: NNS041105-04Release Date: 11/6/2004 8:39:00 AM
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By Dean Persons, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy E-Learning, the Navy's single official distance learning system, has migrated to the Navy Knowledge Online (NKO) Web site, www.nko.navy.mil.

Making Navy E-Learning available on NKO makes it easier for Sailors to manage their careers, providing them access to professional and personal education opportunities, as well as military information and models to pattern their career all under one Web site.

"The Navy uses the Navy Knowledge Online portal as the single source entry in order to provide learning anytime, anywhere in the world," said Terry Williams, who is part of the Naval Education and Training Command's (NETC) Integrated Learning Environment program support team. "The portal is used as the primary vehicle to help create a dynamic learning environment, tying together NKO, Navy E-Learning and the 5 Vector Model to effectively manage Sailors' professional and personal development. In essence, a one-stop shop for today's active Sailor."

Navy E-Learning launches, tracks, and manages more than 3,966 E-Learning courses, at no cost to the user, for approximately 1.2 million active-duty Sailors, Marines, Department of the Navy civilians, Reservists, retirees and family members enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS). Since its debut in May 2001, more than 450,000 registered users have signed on to the site.

"Navy E-Learning is now offering the entire SkillSoft and NETg libraries, which includes IT, Business, Desktop and Simulation courses," said Williams. "We have also added 305 foreign language and culture courses developed for the Defense Language Institute. Lastly, we are delivering Web-based content for 12 'A' schools in a self-paced environment."

On Navy E-Learning, students may search education, training and professional development references and links. Users can search the Navy E-Learning catalog by identifying skills or occupations of interest. They can identify personal skills they want to improve, assess their level of proficiency, track improvements and identify courses aimed at developing their selected skills. Navy E-Learning also records course usage and completions, and logs this information into a Sailor's electronic training jacket.

"With the E-Learning platform, I've accumulated over 150 retirement points through the various non-resident courses alone," said Equipment Operator Constructionman Lance Cordill, a drilling Reservist with Naval Reserve Center Indianapolis. "The NETg training portion of the platform allows me to branch off into personal interest enrichment and also increase my business knowledge that I can use in my civilian career. The General Military Training portion allows me to stay current with Naval Reserve protocol. With the E-Learning platform, the remainder of my entire military career is managed in as real-time as possible."

Navy E-Learning also serves as a conduit for easy access to other resources, such as the Navy College Program (NCP), which streamlines and enhances a Sailor's opportunity to earn a college degree. The NCP and the Navy Advancement Center can be directly accessed through Navy E-Learning.

Navy E-Learning is also a helpful tool for Navy personnel managers and career counselors. Through E-Learning and learning management technology, Navy managers have instant access to information regarding who has taken what training and when, helping them to analyze individual and servicewide readiness.

According to Williams, Navy E-Learning will continue to grow rapidly to include 'A' and 'C' school curriculum along with training requirements from multiple organizations outside the NETC claimancy to include Northern Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command, Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity, National Security Personnel System, Naval Personnel Command, Naval Surface Weapons Center, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and many others.

"Navy E-Leaning will continue to maximize learning opportunities for active-duty Sailors, Marines, Department of the Navy civilians, Reservists, retirees and family members," said Williams. "NETC and Navy E-Learning will continue to meet the steep challenges of providing training throughout the 21st century."

To access the NKO Web site and Navy E-Learning, log on to www.nko.navy.mil. For more information on Naval education and training, visit the NETC Web site at www.netc.navy.mil.

For related news, visit the Naval Education and Training Command Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cnet.

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